Many people with diabetes deal every day with the stigma that's been placed on our disease. Whether we choose to tell people we have type 2 and listen to their opinions on how we can “fix it,” or are silent but read in the media how we “did this to ourselves,” it’s a struggle that can weigh heavily on us. Therefore, it’s refreshing to hear someone in the mainstream medical world speak up and say that, in fact, it’s not our fault!
Surgeon Peter Attia demonstrates that the obesity crisis might be hiding a bigger problem.
As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right?Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.A war frought with harsh judgement. Obesity might actually be the lesser of two evils – a coping mechanism to keep from more health crises that could lead to death. Attia wants to change all of that…
Getting cause and effect right makes all the difference in the world. It saves lives.
Research into diabetes today is far ranging. It ranges from the environment to the deep dark recesses of the single cell. It is much easier to look at the environment, for example, “Super Size Me” in a fast-food culture, than it is to sort out what is going on inside the workings of an individual cell.
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